Clonidine is a medication that is particularly helpful in treating the uncomfortable symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Many of the uncomfortable and painful symptoms experienced during opioid withdrawal result from a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system. Clonidine helps to reduce this hyperactivity, thereby minimizing various withdrawal symptoms, including hot flashes, sweating, muscle aches, runny nose, anxiety, and irritability.
Vivitrol is the brand name for naltrexone. The FDA approved the use of naltrexone to treat both alcohol use disorder (AUD) and OUD. Naltrexone comes in the form of a pill and in the form of an injection. The injection is specifically designed to treat OUD and prevent individuals from misusing opioids. By binding to the opioid receptors, naltrexone (Vivitrol) prevents opioids, like heroin or fentanyl, from producing a euphoric and/or sedative effect. As a result, naltrexone (Vivitrol) reduces opioid and alcohol cravings.
Sublocade is the brand name for extended-release buprenorphine-monotherapy subcutaneous injection. Click to learn more about the success rates and safety of telemedicine addiction treatment.
Subutex is the brand name for buprenorphine-monotherapy sublingual film or tablet. Click to learn more about the success rates and safety of telemedicine addiction treatment.
Belbuca is the brand name for buprenorphine-monotherapy buccal film. Click to learn more about the success rates and safety of telemedicine addiction treatment.
Since relapse rates for opioid use are much higher after people taper off buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) than for people who take it long-term, we usually recommend that patients take buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) on a long-term basis. It is important to know what will happen if you stop taking buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone).
As patients begin to explore buprenorphine/Naloxone (Suboxone) as an option to help treat opioid use disorder, they may hear many different things about this medication from friends, family, or online. It is important to separate facts from myths about Suboxone. This article will help address some of the common myths or misconceptions about Suboxone and set the record straight so that you can make an informed decision about whether Suboxone is right for you.
The case of tianeptine illustrates the complications of drug regulation and prohibition in a globalized economy where novel and untested substances are the new norm. Tighter regulation of supplements, harm-reduction approaches rather than criminalization, and fact-based education on the risks and harms of novel psychoactive substances would mitigate the troubles caused by the cyclical whiplash between the untamed market of dietary supplements and the harsh consequences of drug prohibition.
For patients struggling with addiction to opiates, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) is life-saving, evidence-based, recommended treatment. Bicycle Health helps patients recovering from opioid use disorder.
For patients who are taking prescribed or non-prescribed full agonist opioids (like oxycodone, fentanyl, or heroin) and have never been on bupenorphine/naloxone, may need more help in making the transition. Bicycle Health provides patients with robust support during the B/N induction process with clear protocols and clinical support services to maximize patients’ success.
Opioid treatment and recovery can be incredibly difficult with working through it alone. Bicycle Health offers online Suboxone support groups led by our behavioral health staff so that patients have the opportunity to connect with others with shared experiences, providing encouragement throughout recovery.
With telehealth services becoming more popular, patient privacy is more critical than ever. Here at Bicycle Health, we take this seriously by training all staff and patients on our security best practices.
There are many treatment options for chronic pain aside from prescribed opioids. If you are already dependent on opioids, Suboxone is an evidence-based treatment that can help.
Learn how Suboxone can help you with opioid dependence and how long you should take it.
Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) is changing opioid use disorder (sometimes referred to as "substance abuse") treatment options. There are several benefits to receiving MAT through telehealth services.
Patient and healthcare provider accountability is extremely important with telehealth communications. Learn how accountability is ensured between telehealth providers and patients.
Treatment with buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and methadone is recommended for optimal health for both mom and baby by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a physician group that promotes evidence-based medicine.
The transfer of medication for addiction treatment (MAT), including buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) and methadone, through breast milk is minimal. So, breastfeeding while on buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is safe for your baby!
Discover how naloxone (narcan) can help reverse the effects of an overdose to save lives—and why it is a key component of Suboxone treatment.
Learn why opioid use disorder is often underdiagnosed, and how that leads to delays in offering treatment to individuals who struggle with opioids.
Yes! Interestingly, exercise is its own medicine and can help patients succeed in their recovery when partnered with evidence-based pharmacological treatments like buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone), methadone (Learn more about transitioning from methadone to Suboxone.), and naltrexone.
Discover the causes of opioid overprescription, and how the under-diagnosing of OUD must be addressed in order to combat the epidemic.
There are a lot of treatments out there for opioid addiction; learn what options might fit best into the lifestyle and needs of you or your loved one.
Doctors frequently prescribe opioids for cancer pain management. Learn the possible risks, alternatives, and how to lower the chance of developing dependence.
Are you concerned you or a loved one might be dealing with an addiction to opioids? Learn the science behind addiction, how it differs from physical dependence, and what the treatment options are.
At Bicycle Health, we want to ensure you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your care. Learn how to find the right OUD treatment provider for YOU.
Discover the relationship between opioid use disorder and other co-occuring disorders to determine what opioid dependence treatment approach s right for you or a loved one.
The idea of going through opioid withdrawals can be scary, but with the right information—and knowledge of your treatment options—things become a whole lot easier. Learn more about withdrawals and symptom mitigation options.
Discover if Suboxone is the right opioid dependence treatment for you or a loved one, and how to start treatment today—without any visits to a doctor's office.
There are a number of barriers that make it difficult for patients on Suboxone to get their medication in a timely manner. Learn how these barriers might affect your treatment journey.
How can you know tell whether you or a loved ones are experiencing the symptoms of opioid dependence? Learn how to spot the early signs—and how to get help.
Learn what to expect when beginning Suboxone treatment, including tips and tricks to help you get through withdrawal symptoms and the induction process.
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a medication for addiction treatment (MAT) prescribed by a licensed medical provider that is used to treat addiction to opioids. Learn how it helps people stay in recovery by decreasing cravings, preventing withdrawal, and blocking misuse of opioids.
How can we help combat stigma and support patients in their long-term recovery efforts? Let's debunk some common misconceptions about addiction to opioids, Suboxone, and recovery. We also provide tools to help support patients and their family and friends.
We've compiled all you need to know about Methadone and Suboxone to determine which medication might be right for you or a loved one.
We encourage ALL patients to stay on medication-assisted treatment during pregnancy! Treatment for opioid use disorder is a good thing… and that includes during pregnancy.
Recently, the overdose death rates for Black and Hispanic populations have significantly risen, largely due to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. From 2013-2017, non-Hispanic Blacks experienced an 18-fold increase in mortality due to synthetic opioids (other than methadone), compared to a 12.3-fold increase for Hispanics, and 9.2-fold increase for non-Hispanic Whites.
Everything You Need To Know About How The Ryan Haight Act, TREATS Act, And Other Telehealth Laws Affect Access To Opioid Dependency Treatment
Buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is a critically important and life saving medication. It helps prevent relapse, overdose, and death. It stabilizes lives. It lets people pursue their dreams. Then, why do some people say that buprenorphine/naloxone (Suboxone) is trading one drug for another, or substituting one addiction for another? There’s a lot of misinformation out there, so let’s straighten some things out.
Support groups can be an extremely helpful part of treatment for many patients by creating a positive sense of shared progress and accountability, so it's discouraging that many NA groups still alienate those receiving evidence-based medical treatment.
In addition to evidence-based opioid addiction treatment, there are lots of non-evidence-based treatments out there, like Ibogaine and Kratom. Ibogaine is a psychoactive plant found in the African shrub Tabernanthe iboga. Its root bark is considered sacred within the Bwiti religion and has been used for centuries by Bwitists and healers in Gabon.
We understand that searching for the right treatment to overcome opioid addiction can be an overwhelming and difficult process. With so many different treatment options, it’s easy to feel alone or confused. We have found that there are some key factors that people tend to prioritize when selecting their treatment option
We understand that searching for the right treatment to overcome opioid addiction can be an overwhelming and difficult process. With so many different treatment options, it’s easy to feel alone or confused. We have found that there are some key factors that people tend to prioritize when selecting their treatment option.
Suboxone is the most well known brand name medication used to treat opioid dependence. Discover whether Suboxone treatment might be right for you or a loved one.
When Kratom is used by patients, it’s being used in potentially very unsafe ways because it hasn’t been scientifically studied. We don’t know the appropriate doses, nor the necessary supports to have the desired effects. We already have well-studied, effective treatments available, so we’re not in a position to recommend non-evidence-based treatments.